Summer Drink Twists

7 Aug

It’s that time of the year again in Japan when Summer starts to heat up and beverage companies unleash their various concoctions and twists to tempt our tastebuds. Not forgetting the popular Pepsi Ice Cucumber sometime back, we predict Pepsi DRY will come up as a top contender. Pepsi DRY has half the sugar and very good looking people modelling their drinks.

As Seen from Japan Pulse. Go here to Pepsi Japan.


The Gift of Soap-on-a-string

6 Aug

A ‘good luck’ gift to celebrate any joyous occasion-this Sea Bream Soap-on-a-string makes a really unique gift!

Choose from any of the following colours and you’re bound to get a chuckle from the recipient.

It’s big enough to be hung up so the different scents (pomegranate, lily and black sugar) can be enjoyed. Available from COCOMO at 2520 JPY.

Globe Design- Ruler Case

5 Aug

Maybe a product like this will set me on the path of Zen minimalism.

Globe Design has come up with a lovely stationery holder that doubles up as a ruler 🙂

Available in Black and White for 4830JPY. From Cocomo.

Mumm Rose Champagne Cooler

17 Mar

Limited Edition only, comes this beautiful cherry-blossom pink chanpagne cooler from Champagne maker, G.H. Mumm.

Perfect for Cherry-Blosom season in Japan.

As seen on Vogue Japan.

Plant-Based Air Purifier for your Cubicle?

16 Mar


Coming to you from Tokyo’s MoMA Design Store, ANDREA is an award-winning `living air purifier’ that naturally purifies the air. Using most household plants and water, a special filtration system helps to re-lease purified air back into the air.

It’s very cute and not to mention, smart. I would love for this to sit on my desk but for 21, 000JPY, I feel the pinch.



Source: Elle Decor Japan, AndreAir (

Your Metrosexual Must-Have Gadget

15 Mar

Now, it’s not just women who are privy to fancy beauty gadgets. Increasingly, men (especially the metrosexual and most definitely our 9-to-5, Salarymen variety) are being exposed to an array of beauty and grooming products.

This gadget exfoliates, cleanses, brings out ionised negative dirt and excess oil.

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Pray for Japan

13 Mar

Prayers and thoughts go out to all who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami in the NorthEast of Japan.

On my end, Friday was a terrible day for me as I frantically called (without much success as the mobile network was down) and searched online for twitter, facebook updates of family and friends. Everyone as far as I know, is being accounted for. But this is the worst crisis to have hit Japan since the postwar. I had huge hopes of the economy recovering and pulling itself up from a lull and I know this will set us back a long time. I’m extremely worried about my family in the Kanto region. They are fine but with tremors happening now and then, power outtages and food shortage, it is not easy especially in the last month of winter. People are staying put and putting their trust in the government that it is still safe to do so.

Being away from Japan is not easy. I feel connected yet disconnected. I just hope all my family and friends to be safe.

Pray for Japan.

* featured above is Lady Gaga’s bracelet that was especially designed for the Japan Tsunami Relief. $5 for the bracelet and all proceeds go to the relief fund. Buy it here.

Paloma Picasso & Tiffany

7 Mar

In collaboration with Tiffany, Paloma Picasso’s collection, Paloma Picasso Graffiti, is showcased above in silver, rose gold and white gold.

These necklaces from the collection, are more affordable designer pieces from Paloma.

Peace is sterling silver and sells for about  19 950 JPY. Love is rose gold with diamonds at 241 500 JPY. Kiss is white gold with diamonds, at 241 500 JPY.

As seen on Vogue Japan.

Rose-smelling Shirts for Men

6 Mar

Following my previous post on those funky, bad breathe detector gadgets, Yamaki Co. Ltd has come up with a range of rose-smelling business shirts. Embedding rose-scented micro capsules into the collars of these shirts, the scent evaporates when the fabric is rubbed or placed under pressure. These shirts cost around 3000JPY and last for around 10 washes.

Definitely a rising trend with the conscious businessmen crowd who has taken an interest in deodorising products. Newcomers to this genre include shirts and suits popular in 2010 and now this range of  Otoko Kaoru (Men who smell good) shirts.

Source: Yamaki, Japan Times

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Night Colour Series from Panasonic

1 Mar

The latest “Night Colour” series of appliances from Panasonic screams elegance and allure.

Items in this range most likely to appeal to the salarymen/ OL crowd would probably be the slim fridge (59 x 63) that’s designed to fit most match-box sized apartments. Black appliances used to be so outdated and sent people in every direction possible in search of silver or white but I think Panasonic might be reviving a come-back!

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